Going on the table alone, Stan James’ 4/9 for League One leaders Charlton to get the better of struggling Rochdale looks like a no-brainer. However, the Addicks needed a last-gasp Dale Stephens strike to earn a point at home to Bury in midweek while ‘Dale have just appointed John Coleman as manager and the former Accrington boss made a winning start last Saturday, guiding his new team to a 3-0 success against the same Shakers team that grabbed a draw at the Valley a few days later.
Recent events clouds matters a touch then, the hosts representing too much of a risk at a short price so the shrewd should instead turn their attention to the two Sheffield teams in order to bash the bookies in the third tier this weekend.
On paper, Sheffield Wednesday have the more straightforward assignment, their impressive home record coming up against Yeovil, who tend to struggle on the road and that pattern is 8/15 via Betfred to continue at Hillsborough.
Sheffield United meanwhile, have suffered back-to-back defeats in league and cup, at Charlton and Birmingham respectively but have given a decent account of themselves despite the results, so their form shouldn’t discourage punters from backing them at 5/4 with Blue Square to get back to winning ways at Colchester.
Teaming the Blades up with neighbours Wednesday in a double returns at odds of 13/5 courtesy of Coral.
Double on Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United – 13/5 (Coral)